Quick’s rich history of community events and the amazing collage of residents reaches back to the 1920’s. An enormous bank of knowledge and skills has accumulated in our local area. The recently formed Quick College provides opportunities to share those skills. This can take the form of a club, workshop, retreat, field trip or an activity yet to be imagined. Quick College Coordinator Sue McDiarmid is at the ready to support facilitators/instructors to design, publicize and deliver as needed. Upcoming Quick College events are communicated via email notices, posters, and on the Round Lake Community Association website Quick College page. Reports about events that have occurred are also published on this page periodically.
An Evening with Quick Poet, Curt Gesch
Quick resident, Curt Gesch, is best known locally as a forage farmer and experimenter extraordinaire, and the producer of the “Just Farmers” newsletter. He and his wife, Betsey, traveled to Iqaluit in August 2017 to visit their daughter. Curt was inspired to pen a series of poems about their observations, experiences, and new friendships, and presented them with accompanying photos to an appreciative gathering at the Hall on Saturday evening, February 17th.
Refreshments and conversations afterwards were much enjoyed. The recipe for the brownies served was requested, and the brownies will now be known as Quick College Brownies – recipe available: Quick College Brownies Thank you, Curt and Betsey, for sharing your learning and experiences with our community!
Curt’s book of poetry will be available soon from Curt Gesch: phone 250-846-9511 / email email@example.com Cost is $5. Proceeds from the first 20 copies will go to Round Lake Community Association to support Quick College programs.
Workshops and Events Coming Up Soon
The current poster with information and registration directions is attached: Winter to Spring QC Poster 2018
In brief, this is what is coming up in the 2018 Winter into Spring Program at Round Lake Hall.
Quick Drop-In Darts
Got a case of the winter blues? Need a fun night out? Drop into the Hall on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 p.m. and enjoy friendly dart games with your friends and neighbours. All levels are welcome, including beginners. Extra sets of darts are available for those who need them. Please bring your own snacks / refreshments and $2 contribution to the club funds.
Weaving with Anneh Kessels of Willow Bender Baskets
Anneh is an experienced basket maker, who lives in Quick, and offers weaving courses using wild-crafted materials such as willow and birch all over BC. Anneh’s taught courses last spring at Round Lake Hall and the response was so enthusiastic that an additional course was scheduled to accommodate all the interested weavers.
A strong response is expected to the courses being offered in March, and early registration is therefore recommended. Up to March 7th, you may pre-register by email: firstname.lastname@example.org – please put Weaving Course Registration in the subject line of your note. After March 7th, please register with Anneh: phone 250-643-0652 or email: email@example.com
Fees are payable to Anneh by e-transfer or by cheque / cash, and registration and fee payment deadline is March 20th.
This season, Anneh is offering three courses that will appeal to basket weavers as well as gardeners:
- Birch Bark Basket Weaving on Friday, March 23rd, 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Learn to make a small functional basket using plaiting and twining techniques. All materials and tools provided. Cost is $85 per person.
- Weaving Garden Support Structures on Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn to weave garden support structures from natural materials. All materials provided, though you may wish to bring pruning shears and a small saw. Please bring your own lunch. Cost is $55 per person.
- Willow Basket Weaving on Sunday, March 25, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Make a medium sized bicycle basket or an oval shopping basket using willow gathered from our area. Materials and tools are provided though you may wish to bring pruning shears. Please bring your own lunch. Cost is $135 per person.
For additional information about Anneh and the courses being offered at Round Lake Hall in March, see the artist profile, course information and photos attached: 2018 Weaving Course Descriptions
Anneh has a Facebook site where you can see photos of her baskets and information about past courses: Anneh’s Facebook
Introduction to Hand Spinning
And here’s a workshop with instructor Angela Young, for fiber artists who would like to be able to produce their own yarn for their creations, whether knitted, woven, or crocheted. Come and learn about: Types of spinning wheels, and how to keep wheels operating faithfully for years, how to spin and ply wool and alpaca fiber, and use of a drop spindle.
All fiber is supplied, and drop spindles are available for purchase for $10. Bring your lunch, spinning wheel and / or drop spindle. Don’t let the lack of a spinning wheel stop you – we have some available for use at the course. When you register, indicate that you need to borrow a wheel.
Register by April 7th by emailing Quick College: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions, ideas, or suggestions about the college programs, please contact Quick College Coordinator by email at: email@example.com